Frequently Asked Questions
Which bariatric procedure is right for me?
This decision is typically made during the initial consultation between you and one of our bariatric surgeons. BMI, medical history, and weight related conditions are all essential factors when deciding what procedure will give you the healthiest results.
Is there an age restriction for the surgery?
Surgery is done on patients between the ages of 18 – 65. If you’re younger than 18, please refer to an Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program. If you are older than 65, cases are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please keep in mind your insurance may restrict your options.
Must I be in good health to qualify for the surgery?
No, many patients are in poor health because of diseases caused by obesity. These diseases include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, and kidney difficulties.
Will I have to go on a diet before I have surgery?
Yes, many bariatric surgeons put their patients on a special pre-operative diet, usually 10 days to 2 weeks before surgery. The reason for the pre-operative diet is to shrink the liver and reduce fat in the abdomen. This helps during the procedure and makes it safer.
What exactly is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a surgeon gains access to the abdominal cavity by way of 4 to 6 small incisions in the abdominal wall. An instrument called a laparoscope is used to give the surgeon an exceptionally clear view of the inside of the abdominal cavity. This surgical approach is considered “minimally invasive” because of the very small incisions used.
How long does the operation take?
Sleeve gastrectomy can be performed in 1-2 hours while gastric bypass is generally performed in 2-3 hours.
How long before I can return to work?
Some people are able to go back to work one to two weeks after surgery. You may have to take more time off if you have other health concerns or if your job requires heavy lifting.
How many follow-up visits are necessary after surgery?
Typically, you’ll attend four to six follow-ups during your first post-surgery year. Then visits are scheduled at six to twelve month intervals for an indefinite period of time.
What kind of weight loss can I expect?
Results vary from patient to patient, with the best results coming from those who are committed to lifestyle change. Keep in mind, weight loss surgery isn’t a miracle cure. It’s important to set realistic weight loss goals for yourself right from the start. You’re aiming for gradual, steady weight loss.
How can I obtain the best results?
For best results, follow the advice of your surgeon and the nutritionist. We also encourage you to join a support group. Support groups will provide you with additional advice and motivation to fuel your long-term weight loss.
What vitamins will I need to take after surgery and what is the cost?
Vitamins and protein supplements will be required on a daily basis after surgery. Prior to your surgery your surgeon and/or nutritionist will discuss the necessary vitamins needed. You should plan on spending at least $25 per month and most bariatric patients pay around $50 to $70 per month for high quality bariatric vitamins. You have undergone a procedure to get healthy, it is important to invest in yourself to stay healthy.
What if I want to get pregnant after bariatric surgery?
Most doctors recommend that women wait at least two years after the surgery before pregnancy. Approximately two years after surgery, your body should be fairly stable (from a weight and nutrition standpoint), and you should be able to have a healthy pregnancy. Consult your surgeon as you plan for pregnancy.